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St. Miquel 19 Refurbishment / Carles Oliver

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  • Architects: Carles Oliver
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  105
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Huguet, Naturllar, Nordica Extraflamme

TEN Studio / NAM Arquitectura

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  • Architects: NAM Arquitectura
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  88
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

Providencia House / AMOO | Aureli Mora + Omar Ornaque

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  • Architects: AMOO
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  60
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: JUNG, FRANKE, Flos, Roca, Tres Griferías

Blurring the Line Between Architecture and Furniture

An emerging design trend is filling the gap between furniture and architecture by shaping space through objects at the intersection of the two, creating a dynamic and highly adaptable environment. Either a consequence of the increased demand for flexibility in small spaces or the architectural expression of a device-oriented society, elements in between architecture and furniture open the door towards an increased versatility of space. Neither architecture nor furniture (or perhaps both), these objects operate at the convergence of the two scales of human interaction, carving a new design approach for interior living spaces.

"A Guy, his Bulldog, a Vegetable Garden, and the Home they Share" by HUSOS. Image © José HeviaMJE house by PKMN Architectures. Image © Javier de PazTakeshi Shikauchi’s Bath Kitchen House. Image © Koichi TorimuraWriter's Block by CHACOL. Image © Edward Duarte+ 10

Step, Store 12 / Studio Animal

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Málaga, Spain
  • Architects: Studio Animal
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  78
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: 3A Composites, Pladur, Iguzzinni

Strategies to Improve Study Spaces at Home

Peach Arquitetura e Design / Peach. Image © Haruo MikamiResidência para Quatro / Harry Thomson. Image © Lenny CoddCasa Blank / HAO Design. Image Cortesia de Hey! CheeseApartamento RMP / Triplex Arquitetura. Image © Ricardo Bassetti+ 23

In early 2020, along with the implementation of worldwide social isolation measures, we published several articles in order to help our readers increase productivity and comfort in their home offices. After months of continued isolation, surveys show that more than 80% of professionals want to continue working from home even after quarantine ends. In addition, a good number of companies are similarly satisfied with current work practices, showing a high tendency to adopt this practice indefinitely, since the majority of companies observed that remote work was as or more productive than face-to-face work.

However, with respect to children and home studying during the pandemic, the result was not as positive. One of the main reasons for this difference is that it can be difficult to get students to concentrate and motivate themselves for a long time in front of screens. Lack of physical interaction with other children is also a contributing factor. Yet until the global situation improves, it is likely that the return to schools will continue to be postponed. With this situation in mind, we decided to share in this article a series of efficient strategies to transform study spaces at home into better spaces for learning.

Tienda 14 Store / Studio Animal

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Madrid, Spain
  • Architects: Studio Animal
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  135
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

The Laundry Room as an Unnecessary Luxury (or Where to Place the Washer in the Modern Home?)

In residential architecture, there have always been central, indispensable spaces and peripheral spaces more easy to ignore. When designing a home, the task of the architect is essentially to configure, connect, and integrate different functions in the most efficient way possible, necessarily prioritizing some spaces over others. And although today many are designing in ways that are increasingly fluid and indeterminate, we could say that the bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen are the fundamental nucleus of every house, facilitating rest, food preparation, and personal hygiene. Then meeting spaces and other service areas appear, and with them lobbies, corridors, and stairs to connect them. Each space guides new functions, allowing its inhabitants to perform them in an easier and more comfortable way.

However, fewer square meters in the bathroom could mean more space for the living room. Or, eliminating some seemingly expendable spaces could give more room for more important needs. In an overpopulated world with increasingly dense cities, what functions have we been discarding to give more space to the essentials? Here, we analyze the case of the laundry room, which is often reduced and integrated into other areas of the house to give space for other functions.

Kickflips & Curb Cuts: New Skate Parks Shaping Urban Design

Skateboarding is its own urban experience. As interactive public spaces and tactile surfaces, skate parks have slowly begun to shape the way we think about urban design. Beyond the boundary of parks themselves, skaters look at the architecture of the built environment outside of its intended purpose, and in turn, are rethinking how we gather, move around, and reimagine the future of urban life.

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From Machine Sentience to Designing New Environments: 6 Young Practices in Europe

New Generations is a European platform that analyses the most innovative emerging practices at the European level, providing a new space for the exchange of knowledge and confrontation, theory, and production. Since 2013, New Generations has involved more than 300 practices in a diverse program of cultural activities, such as festivals, exhibitions, open calls, video-interviews, workshops, and experimental formats.

Run Run Run Intervention / Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  239
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Otis, Amaya de Toledo, Archipámpanos, Loreta Lion, Replaninnser 2000, +1

The Catalan Vault in Spanish Architecture: 15 Projects that Are Breathing New Life into An Old Technique

Casa JASB / Alessia Scardamaglia. Image © Nuria VilaCasa Tomás / LAB + Pepe Gascon. Image © José HeviaBeats / Nook architects + byn studio. Image © Nieve | Productora AudiovisualKaikaya / Masquespacio. Image © Luis Beltran+ 16

In some cases, a roof can become the shining centerpiece in a work of architecture. Catalan vault, also known as Valencian timbrel vault, became a fixture in Spanish architecture in the 19th century, popularized thanks to its low cost and ease of sourcing and assembly. With the ability to span over 30m per module, this technique is currently making a comeback, establishing itself as a go-to construction method in industrial architecture and can be seen in everything including workshops, factories, and warehouses.

The Magic Box Apartment / Raúl Sánchez Architects

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Viladecans, Spain

Palerm House / OHLAB

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Lloret de Vista Alegre, Spain
  • Architects: OHLAB
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1937 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, JUNG, ETHNICRAFT, Hisbalit, Santa & Cole, +9